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Raya on hand to open East Z East

New opening in Blackburn town centre sees the Rovers stopper pop in

11 September 2018

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A new East Z East Punjabi restaurant opened its doors for the first time on Monday night and it had a special visitor as Rovers stopper David Raya popped by to open the new establishment.

Plenty packed in for the opening night, including Rovers legend David Dunn at the 250-seater restaurant based in King George's Hall.

Owners Zahid Iqbal and Ash Hussain have spent the last 13 weeks renovating and transforming the venue into a modern restaurant.

The new diner will offer a South Asian curry menu as well as traditional British dishes, such as fish and chips and afternoon tea.

It includes 11 booths, that can each fit between six and eight people, and a 50-seater bar at the front of the restaurant which serves beer and cocktails as well as soft drinks and coffee.

The restaurant also includes a luxury VIP area and on having a look around, Rovers number one Raya was impressed with what he saw.

Following East Z East's sponsorship of Rover the Dog's home and away shirts for the 2018-19 campaign, our furry friend also arrived to take a look around the establishment and have photos with the younger diners on the night.

"It looks spectacular," David said.

"There's a real chic look to the restaurant and the chandeliers give the place a real nice touch. Of course though, with any restaurant the proof is in what you eat."

David posed for photographs with diners before trying a selection of delicacies such as samosas, naan breads, onion bhajis and curries, and admitted he was dazzled by the selection of offer.

"Everything I had was very tasty, tender and hot. There was a buzz around the place and it was great to meet so many local people from a number of local businesses.

"I'll definitely have a word with the lads about the place and I'm sure the owners will see me and a few others back here at some point in the future!"

To find out more about East Z East in Blackburn, please click here.

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